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7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

7 Awesome Places To Visit This Christmas Season

Canada

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    Christmas is not complete without snow, and Canada is ripe for snow all year round. That is why they play hockey so much. In a Canadian Christmas, you will be treated to a variety of fun activities in the snow, such as sledding, ice skating, and skiing.

    Canada did not fall out of the sky one day. It has an interesting origin. Find out about the French and British settlers that converged on Canada centuries ago to give this place its unique, quiet Canadian culture that we see today. They have great food too. Treat your tongue to many flavors of meat pies and grilled pheasant breast.

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    Dubai

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      Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates — a country in the Middle East. It lies in the desert, so you should carry bottles of water so that you do not dehydrate. There are mega size malls here filled with items from all over the world during the December holidays. Many classy events take place here in December, such as cultural festivals, fashion shows, film festivals, designer sales, and the annual Rugby sevens championships. If you are a people person and you love things, this is definitely the place for you this holiday season. It is a shopper’s paradise.

      New Zealand

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        New Zealand is a country in the South Pacific Ocean next to Australia. Sometimes you just want to spend Christmas away from the snow and bathe in the natural heat of the sun. New Zealand is the perfect place for such a getaway. While it is freezing cold in North America, it’ll be summer in New Zealand. There are many things to do in New Zealand. You could watch sperm whales plunge their enormous weights violently in the water, go hiking, or deep sea diving. You could set up bon fires and barbecues with your friends and family as the days wind down.

        Cambodia and Laos

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          Cambodia and Laos are located in Southeast Asia. The climate is hot and wet all year round. It would be the best place to escape the winter that graces many parts of the world in December. Laos has beautiful colonial towns. The countries are big and quite empty. They offer a good quiet holiday for married couples or small families that want to get away from the noise of cities. There are many species of birds to watch and plants to discover if you are a nature lover.

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          Indonesia

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            Indonesia is composed of many islands lying close together between Papua New Guinea and Thailand. In each one of these islands, you are surrounded by ancient temples and the sweet smell of incense. The flowers grow wild in the water, and the sunsets are so peaceful and divine. Indonesians have a thousand and one spices for their rice, noodles, and seafood. Sample them and find out how much they excite your taste buds. There are many surfing spots in exotic beaches with wild waves that surfers would love to challenge. Enjoy your surfing as you interact with friendly locals. Learn about the their culture and their way of life.

            Guatemala

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              Guatemala is a South American country bordering Mexico with a population of about 16.5 million people. The cultural heritage of Guatemala is a rich mix of Spanish settlers and Mayan traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the history of both if you go there. There are beautiful coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and impressive volcanic landscapes inland. Guatemala is warm all year round, no scorching heat to cause you ugly sun burns. You will love it!

              The Caribbean

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                The Caribbean are countries that surround the Caribbean Sea, such as Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. There are no beaches anywhere in the world that would match the perfection and splendor of those in the Caribbean. This place is a sunny paradise. The sands are blinding white, and the temperature of the water is just right. The waves dance lazily, and the sun smiles all the time. Along these beaches are ultra-modern restaurants, hotels, and villas that will take your breath away. You could order any food—Mexican, Spanish, African, or Chinese—name it, and you will have it on your table in a matter of minutes. The people here love to sing and dance. You will never want to go to sleep; nobody goes to sleep in the Caribbean. The nights are full of music, laughter, and partying.

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                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                3. Jumping Jacks

                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                5. Balancing Table Pose

                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                  6. Leg Squats

                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                  7. Push Ups

                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                  9. Lunges

                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                  10. Bicep Curls

                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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